The US' Porch.com has hired Jay Allen as Chief Technical Officer after working as Amazon’s Director of Local Consumer Technologies for the past year. Allen is a veteran of Microsoft and Zynga who co-founded Seattle-area software development startup Ohloh Corp. and worked as Geeknet’s vice president of engineering following its acquisition of Ohloh.
According to Geekwire, Allen said he was attracted to Porch by factors including its leadership team, the ability to disrupt a traditional market, and “the opportunity to build a long-term, name-brand company in Seattle.”
The company is aiming to significantly increase the size of its engineering team with Allen now on board, no easy task in a competitive market for technical talent. Allen says he expects to maintain a “a very can-do, hacker culture” with open processes and “a world-class engineering environment that can stand up and lead the way not only in Seattle but beyond.”